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Intradiverticular diverticulum in the sigmoid colon
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Diverticulosis or Diverticular disease of the sigmoid colon is a common disease affecting perhaps every third of the older population in industrialized countries. Often the diverticula (a sac or pouch formed at a weak point in the bowel wall) do not cause any symtoms. They can however cause pain most commonly in the left lower quadrant, altered bowel habits and bleeding. A diverticulum may become inflamed, causing diverticulitis. Colonoscopy is a diagnostic examination, and the diverticulas are also easily seen in a large bowel x-ray examination. A diet rich of fibre is the most important treatment.
Very very rarely one can find a small "daughter" diverticulum inside a sigmoid diverticulum, as in these pictures
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